Category Archives: Just for Fun

No More War Campaign Kicks Off in Toronto #NoMoreWar

On Friday August 8, 2014, Blurred Vision took to the streets of downtown Toronto, with a flat bed truck equipped with a mobile live stage, and their brand new song and campaign titled “No More War”.

Not only did the band plan to share their new single with the thousands of Torontonians and tourists walking the streets, but to also begin to spread their campaign based on the song, that is rallying fans to create the biggest anti war petition in history.

Their first stop was the CBC building at the foot of Front and John, where Blurred Vision and their “NoMoreWarMobile” stopped to perform the song for passersby, and encouraged them to sign the giant white sheet (petition) that adorned the truck and simply read “No More War”.

The details can be found on the new Facebook page Blurred Vision created called “No More War Campaign”, but it’s quite simple. The group are encouraging fans and peers around the world to write “No More War” on any canvas from a sheet of paper to a bed sheet, and get as many people to sign the simple petition. Then fans can upload the picture to the campaign’s Facebook page with how many signatures they got and where they’re from. It’s that simple!

The band plan on the campaign being an ongoing petition that with every million signatures, will be delivered to the United Nations and other major nation’s governments.

The official video for the song will go into production at the end of August with long time friend, collaborator and acclaimed filmmaker Babak Payami.  Blurred Vision’s debut album “Organized Insanity”, produced by multi platinum selling producer Terry Brown, is set for release on October 7 2014.

Additionally, the band has started what aims to be the largest anti-war petition in history on which you can sign HERE: NO MORE WAR

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Harlem Globetrotters Launch National Partnership with World Vision

One of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations is partnering with an iconic American institution to improve the lives of children around the world.

The Harlem Globetrotters are partnering with World Vision to give its fans the opportunity to support World Vision’s mission while enjoying the Globetrotters’ beloved brand of family entertainment.


The North American leg of the Harlem Globetrotters 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour will recommence on Dec. 26, 2013, with the Globetrotters playing 300 games in over 250 cities in 48 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014.

As its official tour partner, World Vision will have a presence at all of the Harlem Globetrotters games during the “Fans Rule” tour. Continue reading

The Giving Experiment

Waving a sign that says “Free Money!” on city streets around the country is a great way to meet people. But what happened next is awe-inspiring. The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing poverty, has released a short video entitled “The Giving Experiment” which showcases surprising responses from strangers who were offered money with no strings attached – some of the responses prompt laughter, while others make one think.

The organization gave away $2,500 to 85 strangers in six locations (Wall Street, Crown Heights, Union Square, Santa Monica, Seattle and Austin) and those strangers donated $2,421.50 of their newfound money to charity. Eighty three people gave some or all of the money to charity, one walked away with $100, and one ran away with $1 (sadly he ran too fast to sign the appearance release form so the organization couldn’t include him in the video, though it was quite the getaway!).

“We decided to flip the charity equation on its head, offering money to strangers on the street and giving them a choice: they could either keep the money (we gave away between $1 and $250 per person) or donate it to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). We wanted to test, before our eyes, the theory that giving money away makes people happier than keeping it for themselves. Though some people struggled with the decision, nearly everyone was genuinely smiling when they finally decided to donate. A lot of money changed hands, but those who gave it right back seemed the happiest as they walked away,” said Laura Gamse, Media & Outreach Director, The Life You Can Save. (Source PR Newswire)

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Ne-Yo Talks Charity, Music and Christmas

Earlier this week, on Giving Tuesday, I was very fortunate to be part of Ne-Yo’s Giving Tour as he visited the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles.

The Grammy Award winning artist has a heart of gold and an abundance of patience and love for less fortunate kids. In a word, he’s 100% legit when it comes to giving back and helping others.

You can read the full interview at

Or just check out all the love on his website:

CrowdRise Launches Holiday Charity Challenge

CrowdRise launched the third annual Holiday Charity Challenge – the holiday season’s largest and most fun crowdsourced online giving and fundraising event — with the announcement of Craig Newmark and other philanthropists’ generous donations of $200K in prize money for competing charities.

The Challenge, with support from The Huffington Post, runs from 12:00 p.m. ET, November 18 through 11:59 a.m. ET, January 9 and promises grand prize donations to the three charities to raise the most money during the Challenge; a record $100K for first place, $40K for second place and $20K for third place. Charities will also have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars more in prizes during weekly Bonus Challenges. Continue reading

Small Steps Celebrity Shoe Auction

The Small Steps Celebrity Shoe Auction is the biggest celebrity shoe auction in the world, with some of the biggest names in sports and film have taken off their shoes and donated them for auction to help children living on garbage dumps around the world. Small Steps Project is a UK registered charity and the only one specifically focused on kids in “garbage dump communities”. By bidding on these shoes, not only can you win a piece of pop culture history, but you too can take a small step to help children in poverty. Thanks to eBay Giving Works, 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the charity.


Celebrity athlete shoes up for grabs include: Roger Federer, Tim Henman, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Gerard Pique, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi and many, many more.

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Personally, I want George Clooney’s ‘Stomp Out Genocide’ boots.

Visit their Celebrity Shoe Donor page to see all of the celebrities who are taking part including Kate Winslet, Eminem, Elton John, Sienna Miller, George Clooney, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Florence Welch, Brian May, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Ronson, Rachel Weisz, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Taylor Swift, Chris Martin, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and Madonna.

The online auction runs Dec 5-15, 2013.


Jamie Foxx’s SiriusXM channel to Broadcast Q&A Event with Mike Tyson

Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson will be the featured guest on an upcoming installment of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series, intimate gatherings with iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners.

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Mike Tyson

Hosted by Shade 45′s Sway in the Morning host Sway Calloway, “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Mike Tyson” will take place at SiriusXM’s New York City studios. Throughout the hour-long special, Tyson will take a variety of questions from the audience about his new tell-all memoir Undisputed Truth and the upcoming HBO special of the same name directed by Spike Lee. Continue reading

Top 20 Women in Philanthropy & Social Innovation

Athlebrities congratulates Look to the Stars co-founder Myrlia Purcell for being named one of the Top 20 Women in Philanthropy & Social Innovation by ‘The Business of Giving’ founder Michael Chatman, Host of #WHYiGIVE.

I have been a proud partner of Look to the Stars for many years and couldn’t be happier that the industry has finally given her status alongside Melinda Gates and Oprah as one of the best!

Here’s to many more years of inspiriting change!

Read the full list of amazing change-makers HERE.

“Dear John” – A Global Tribute To John Lennon

Not long ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing the guys from ‘Blurred Vision’ about using music to promote peace…and this month, the band’s official video for “Dear John” – A Global Tribute To John Lennon – was released and invited Blurred Vision fans from all over the world to be involved in the video.

The band also included their friends from Hope North- a school in Uganda helping child soldiers recover from the trauma of war-to be in the video.

All proceeds from the single on iTunes is benefitting NYC based charity Whyhunger, where along with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Carlos Santana, Blurred Vision are official ambassadors.

The band is currently between New York and Toronto, preparing for the release of their debut album “Organized Insanity” in July, and a US tour to follow…I will also be catching up with frontman Sepp later this month to discuss the new video.

As always,
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Keep Memory Alive’s 17th Annual Power of Love Gala

Keep Memory Alive’s 17th annual Power of Love Gala continues to grow with an extended list of entertainment icons and celebrities attending and performing at the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in Las Vegas.

The star-studded tribute will take place on April 13, 2013, at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, while raising funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds.

For the first time, anyone who wants to support brain health research at Cleveland Clinic can contribute through a text-to-donate campaign that is now live. Donors can text “MEMORY” to 80888 to give $10. Keep Memory Alive also has a personal fundraising page that accepts credit card donations.

The celebrity-guest lineup for the gala includes… Continue reading

Lamar Odom and Khole Kardashian Charity Scam

ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ ran a great segment this week about professional athletes and their foundations. Of the 155 charitable organizations founded by top professional athletes, 74 of them fell short of their promises.

No surprise here. Really. Properly highlighted for their ‘questionable’ charitable giving were NBA superstars Lamar Odom and Baron Davis.

OTL nailed it…beautifully.

My best ‘simple’ advise? Always do your research: If the foundation website looks out of date or hasn’t been updated in a while-they obviously don’t care, find another and move on.

It’s generally safe to support those who are raising money and awareness for a particular organization or cause, for example, a number of athletes support Operation Smile. Most donate their time and celebrity in efforts to help others.

Athletes who set up foundations often hire friends or family and over pay them to run it, meaning they know how to throw great parties while badly mismanaging the funds.

Yes I could list all the mighty-mighty fine charitable athletes I know of…and I have, since 2004.

And I could call out all the ‘fake’ charitable athletes I know of, but I’d rather relish in the Odom-Boom I told you so moment I’m having.

You can watch the segment here:

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Celebrities Pose ‘In The Tub’ for Breast Cancer Research

Spartacus fans have reason to rejoice-aside from a new season, director T.J. Scott has put together a coffee table book of celeb friends posing in a bathtub-with proceeds going towards breast cancer research.

The project- currently on Kickstarter-needs a little help from us to see it to fruition. Take a look, donate, and yes, my birthday is next month and I would love it if you all donated to this project rather than buy me a gift.

From T.J. Scotts Kickstarter page:

For the past two years I have been asking my Actor, Musician, Model and Artist Friends to strip down and jump “IN THE TUB” to take their pictures and in turn many told their FRIENDS to strip jump in. Over 150 people have taken the plunge in all…So far my wife and I have financed the entire project out of our own pockets. Every participant has posed for their photo shoot for free. I now have a great publishing partner for the project ‘Design Studio Press’ and through them the book will be printed at a high quality have worldwIde distribution… This Kickstarter Project will help me finance all of the production costs… so you can have the book on your Coffee Table later this Spring…I was behind the camera so believe me I know – there are lot of intriguing images to look at… everyone threw their caution to the wind ‘A-games only’ for this project…

For a complete list of celebrities and Spartacus actors who got In The Tub, check it HERE.

As always,
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David Beckham by Guy Ritchie

Exclusive short film directed by Guy Ritchie to celebrate the launch of the updated David Beckham Bodywear for H&M collection. Available in selected stores and online at on February 6th.

…because anything David Beckham never gets old.

Thank you Guy Ritchie and H&M.


Shaun White Cuts His Hair for Charity

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, snowboarder Shaun White, formerly known as the ‘Flying Tomato’, has chopped off his trademark red hair for a good cause.

Watch this video of White as he cuts it all off for Locks of Love, the public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

As always,
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Oscar Pistorius Runs Like the Wind

Today, Oscar Pistorius ran like the wind in Qater to promote those with disabilities via the Doho Goals platform, which brings together leaders to solve the world’s problems using sport.

Pistorius, who as we all know, was the first double amputee to run at the Olympics, challenged an Arabian stud named Maserati to a foot race, and as predicted, ran the like the wind and left Maserati in his dust. Continue reading

Ian Somerhalder Foundation Leads #FX Challenge on Crowdrise

Since it’s #givingtuesday we thought we point out a great initiative from Crowdrise and Mozilla Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox will donate $100k to the cause that raises the most funds…the grassroots fundraiser makes it easy to see what causes people are strongly supporting.

Leading the pack is actor/activist Ian Somerhalder and his Foundation:

    My birthday is on December 8th. I don’t need any presents. My only ask is that you please support our foundation so that we can reach our goal and win this challenge. This would be a huge leap for ISF.
    ISF supporters are a kick ass bunch of peeps. From young children to Grandparents, standing together, supporting each other with each generations’ strengths, collectively combining passions, skills and leadership into one massive population of change makers…The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures…Our ISF Groups span across all continents, creeds, languages and passions, forming an ever growing family of more than 200 groups world wide, all working as a united force to radically transform the world. Where people who love the planet and those who hold hands with paws come together to create a real future for all life on this miraculous planet we call Earth.

Hot on Somerhalder’s heels is Sophia Bush and her Pencils of Promise. Jonah Hill (FCancer), Seth Rogan (Hilarity for Charity) and Ed Norton (Maasai Wilderness) are also atop the leader board in terms of garnering donations. Not far behind is one of our favorites, Cancer for College led by Will Ferrell. Failing miserably (so far) Rob Machado, Adrian Grenier and Randy Foye. Continue reading

Jason Mraz: American Pie for Charity

We are deviating from the norm here because its our greatest hope that we can rally the fans and convince Jason Mraz to record a cover version of Don McLean’s classic song ‘American Pie’ for charity.

A petition has been started, so if you feel the same way we do, please take a moment to sign the petition, share it, tweet it (hashtag #MrazPie) and we might succeed in helping raise some money for his Foundation which does amazing work.


(Photo credit: Bil Zelman)

As always, thanks for reading~

Tyson Chandler Bares All for ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’ Cover

NBA Champion and 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks uncovered on the cover of ESPN’s 4th annual “Body Issue”.

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“It’s “a chance for the ‘average person’ take a good look at athletes bodies and why we are able to do the things we do,” he told the magazine. “I wanted people to look at my body and see why I’m able to do the things I do on the court. Also, it’s a very artistic shoot, and seeing that in past issues made me want to do it.”

In reference to his charity work, he writes:

‘Hard work and determination have brought me a lot of blessings in my life, so I like to give thanks by giving back to the less fortunate in the community. Getting involved is important in so many ways – it gives you a stake in the community, a sense of purpose, humbles you, and most importantly, helps those who need it most…Because giving back is so important to me, I’m going to dedicate this section to letting you all know the latest causes I’m working on and give you details on how to get involved..and, if there’s a cause that matters most to you, I want to hear about it, so let me know in the comments section below.’

That was on April 20, 2102…this lack of updates makes me believe a spanking is in order?

As always, thanks for reading~